Last weekend in Tokyo was the annual Kanda Matsuri (Japanese festival). It’s quite the occasion! Everyone turns up in their “team” colours carrying portable, ornate shrines known as mikoshi. Like this:
As it moves down the street, everyone chants and moves together in time to carry the mikoshi down the street. There’s a lot of energy and effort, and the atmosphere is electric.
Of course, such a spectacle makes it extremely popular:
The procession moves through Akihabara (geek heaven) until it arrives at its final destination shrine. When you arrive, there’s lots of food stalls, games and trinkets you can buy, as well as some excellent entertainment you can enjoy with the other 50 thousand people there. I didn’t count them all, but I may not be kidding.
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Update: I actually went to the Kanda Matsuri, not the Sanja Matsuri.